Tutorial 201:

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Tutorial 201: Lesson 1

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Start on track and stay on track

You’re the perfect person to create an app that works exactly the way your team works. But how do you get started developing an app of your own? Begin by working with your team to look for processes that can be streamlined, paperwork that can be reduced, and other ways the team can be made efficient. From this list, choose one that looks easy to address but that can have immediate impact.

Next, follow a classic design process to describe your problem clearly and plan a solution. This will keep you focused on solving one problem rather than getting distracted by other possibilities as you build your app.

Why is this important?

  • This process ensures what you build will be immediately useful, used, and appreciated.
  • Planning your build reduces the risk of re-work: “Measure twice, cut once” is true in carpentry AND app design.

Video 1

Making a plan

Follow this video as a model for how to determine the goals of your app.

In this video, you will:

  1. List your pain points: brainstorm about issues you could solve
  2. Choose one problem: select one that looks easy but has impact
  3. Write a problem statement: pinpoint your overall goal
  4. Identify features: identify problems and solutions that support your main goal

Video 2

Designing for your users

Practice design techniques that keep your users’ needs front-and-center.

In this video, you will:

  • User-Centered Design: get and keep users involved from the beginning (0:25)
  • Understanding workflow: break a process into tasks (1:29)
  • Wireframes: diagram your app’s workflow (2:29)

Video 3

Touring the activity file

Preview the app you'll build in this tutorial

In this video, you will get an overview of the 'Service Tracker' app. Download the lesson file to follow along. 

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